We went to investigate the town of Clairton, PA just outside of Pittsburgh where U.S. Steel has a plant to make coke -- one of the key ingredients in the steel making process.
Coal is placed in giant ovens and heated to thousands of degrees. Water then pours on it, quenching the fires and leaving only the bare carbon that can then be alloyed with iron to make steel.
Allegheny County has come a long way since the old days of black snows and days when everyone has to stay in. Steeltown is one of the most pleasant mid-sized cities I've visited and, I'm told, has more bridges than Venice, Italy. There's still work to be done but there's a lot of debate over the right way to do it and what actually needs to happen.
The total crew size for this project was three - myself, the producer and an AP (who's fairly adept at shooting). I'm super proud with the amount we were able to accomplish in a very short time. We used exclusively available light which allowed us to move very quickly. By relying on a set of fast prime lenses I had and the incredible low light performance of the C300mk2, even the slightest amount of light was enough.
By minimizing our footprint, I was able to get out of the way of the characters and producers and allow moments to happen. It was a great reminder that less can be more. It was also a good reminder of where to spend money if money is limited -- make sure to get an ergonomic shoulder rig that you can live in all day.
Canon C300mk2, Canon C300mk1, DJI OSMO X5, 3DR Solo
Rokinon Prime Lenses, Canon L Series Zooms, Tokina Zoom.